Posted by: Peadar Ban | May 19, 2012

Today, May 19, 2012

Today we are hosting an Afternoon Tea for those members of the family who can come.  The invitations were sent two weeks ago.  All were asked to prepare some little thing, a story, a reading, a poem, a song; the kind of thing to entertain as well as make a point, and, just maybe, start a polite discussion.  Of course all of the guests will be dressed appropriately, the ladies will be their prettiest and the gentlemen, young and old, will all look handsome.

God has arranged a day perfectly suited to tea outside.  In anticipation we did some preparations for that yesterday, the flowers and plants cooperating.  At least two pairs of orioles have indicated they’ll visit while the party goes on, between three and five in the afternoon, which should add a lovely dash of color to the scene; not that there won’t be plenty of that, already, from the flowers and the guests.

We have been informed that three of the grandchildren will be engaged elsewhere, alas.  But we have every expectation that the afternoon’s event will be successful enough to warrant others in the future.

Not Mansfield Park exactly, but not Dogpatch, either.

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Something from the Catechism selection today requires crying out:  The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule, and to the holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obliges each and everyone, always and everywhere.

Who is not innocent if it is not the child in the womb?  Who is not righteous, worthy of value, if not the living child waiting to be born?  And, if they can be destroyed, or thought of as less than fully human, they we who so think, and allow such things have become un-righteous…in part and in whole.  That is a terrible thing to consider.  There is no part of the word health that allows for murder.

Bl. Crispin of Viterbo(1668-1750)
Crispin was a Franciscan brother. A miracle worker who was known for his charitable care of the poor and sick, he was visited by priests, bishops, and even a pope. He called himself the ass (the beast of burden) of the Capuchins.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us love God who deserves it!

– Bl. Crispin of Viterbo

Scripture Verse of the Day

Ephesians 6:13

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Life in Christ: Catechism #2261

Scripture specifies the prohibition contained in the fifth commandment: “Do not slay the innocent and the righteous.” The deliberate murder of an innocent person is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human being, to the golden rule, and to the holiness of the Creator. The law forbidding it is universally valid: it obliges each and everyone, always and everywhere.

One Minute Meditations

Mortification
Give thanks, as for a very special favour, for that holy abhorrence you feel for yourself.

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, #207

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